2. How much will Vols defensive line dominate BGSU’s offensive line?
On the last slide, we mentioned the running backs as a key and Tennessee football’s linebackers’ ability to stop them if, and only if, they can get past the front line. This is where the Vols have far and away their biggest advantage.
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The Bowling Green Falcons are dealing with a makeshift offensive line heading into this game. Scot Loeffler has two freshmen and two sophomores starting up front. Sam Neverov, one of his best players on the team overall, is out, leaving the interior of the line even more decimated. Make no mistake, this unit is going to struggle.
In a Power I scheme, that’s a bad situation, and he’ll always need those extra tight ends he uses to be able to block. This is where the Vols’ defensive line comes in. Tim Banks is back to four down linemen, and he shocked the world by starting Elijah Simmons in the middle while Aubrey Solomon and Kurott Garland are not even in the two-deep depth chart.
Can Rocky Top take advantage of this major talent disparity? If they can, then the running backs’ skills against UT linebackers is completely irrelevant. In fact, Loeffler’s whole offense will be useless. They have to dominate all day, though, to not allow any big plays.